Solar-Powered Globe String Lights for Outdoor Entertaining

Solar-Powered Globe String Lights for Outdoor Entertaining

They are back!!!! Two years ago, we ordered five sets of these solar-powered globe string lights to criss-cross our patio. We were hosting Thanksgiving and the solar powered patio lights would add a canopy effect plus when combined with lots of candles, provide enough light even after sunset. We could not have been more pleased with the entire look and decided to keep the lights up year round.

The fact that these globe string lights are solar-powered was absolutely essential to my purchase decision making process. We do not have an outdoor outlet nearby so we would have had to either spend lots of money on an electrician or run the lights under the french doors into the living room. Neither of those solutions were acceptable. Instead, we were able to attach the lights' solar panels to the roof. I won't lie, you can see them but they are not a distraction or an eyesore.  All was good.

That is until about a month ago when a wind storm hit the patio. The tape I used to attach the lights to the wire infrastructure I had created, was old and cracked and basically gave out. The lights fell and that was that. Ever since, I have been searching for a comparable product. After weeks and weeks of research we had an aha moment and finally checked Amazon and of course Amazon offers a large selection of solar powered globe string lights!

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5 Reasons We Love Custom Stamps and Embossers

Custom Self-Inking Square Stamp, Custom Stamps and Embossers

Custom Stamps and Embossers >> Shutterfly Self-Inking Stamps

5 Reasons We Love Custom Stamps and Embossers

By Adrienne

We love self-inking, customizable stamps and embossers from Shutterfly, Zazzle, and a host of other merchants for so many reasons! In this post, we are outlining just a few of the ways they make great wedding, housewarming and “just because” gifts. Scroll down

Update!

Today ONLY! Personalized Self Inking Address Stamps now just $17.99. Perfect for keeping those simplify & beautify new year’s resolutions!

Personalized Self Inking Address Stamps, Custom Stamps and Embossers

Personalized Self Inking Address Stamps

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????An Annual Christmas Dilemma >> To Gift Fruitcake or Not????

Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake

Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake

An Annual Christmas Dilemma >> To Gift Fruitcake or Not to Gift Fruitcake

If you asked us two days ago whether you should gift fruitcake this year, the answer would have been a resounding NO! But following an hour long meeting and a free fruitcake sample from Collin Street Bakery, we are revising that assessment.

Have we changed our mind because they are paying us to do so. Absolutely NOT. Although we will get paid a small percentage of any sale if you click the links on this page and actually buy from Collin Street Bakery, we never ever recommend products and companies we do not love and trust. And as you well know, we very seldom do reviews because we almost never like the products we are sent to review. We have an entire closet filled with stuff that we cannot even give away to our friends and family because nobody wants it. Continue Reading →

Piano Music Boxes on Sale!

Piano Music Boxes

Piano Music Boxes >> Music Box Attic

Piano Music Boxes on Sale!

Join us in admiring the wonderful world of mechanical music.  We can not think of a better way to do so than showcasing this stunning collection of music box pianos from Music Box Attic. We are enchanted :: We are enthralled.  Piano music boxes are definitely our new obsession.  In full disclosure, I must admit I love pianos.  The very first piece of “grown up” furniture my husband and I bought together was an ebony Yamaha baby grand piano.  Yes, you read that right – we bought a piano way before a dining room table, and even before we bought sofas for our living room.  Today this same piano graces our living room, sitting smack dab in the middle of our house and continues to be a source of personal joy and hours of enjoyment for our family and friends.

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12 Housewarming Party Gifts with Special Meaning

Housewarming Party Gifts with Special Meaning

Housewarming Party Gifts with Special Meaning

12 Housewarming Party Gifts with Special Meaning

This week two of our favorite people in the world were invited to housewarming parties. Both are in their 20s. It seems that their millennial friends are throwing themselves housewarming parties every time they move to a new apartment. Any excuse to party, right? Hopefully they are doing so as a way to gather together friends and family rather than a ploy to stock their new abode. In either case, yes, you do need to bring a gift! So why not use it as a way to infuse extra meaning into the celebration.

The folks over at Things Remembered  did a wonderful job of putting together an article explaining the tradition of housewarming gifting and a list of their 12 favorite housewarming party gifts along with each gift's special meaning. We have tweaked the list just a tad and added some concrete gift ideas of from our friends over at Real Estate Client Gifts and a few of our own!

One more thing >> keep scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page for hard to find housewarming party supplies & invitations ⬇

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15 Unique & Personalized Gifts to Stock Up on NOW!

50 OFF High Quality Affordable Personalized Housewarming Hostess Wedding Anniversary Holiday and Teacher Gifts

High Quality Affordable Personalized Gifts! 

15 Unique & Personalized Gifts to Stock Up on NOW! 

Very rarely do we come across two new merchants we love in one week. Week in and week out, we are solicited by dozens of companies to “hawk” their products. We turn down 98% of them because, well simply put, we do not like their “stuff”. Most often the products are cheap and look cheap and are just plain ugly. But wow were we impressed when we started digging into both Qualtry.com's product line and Bourbon & Boots merchandise. Both companies sell unique handcrafted or personalized gifts with universal appeal. Continue Reading →